A team who has its sights set on a Super Bowl win does not want to start its season with a key skill position player taking a public stand against the team.
At best, an absence means that the team has fewer reps to synchronize its approach for the season.
But also, it means internal friction has bubbled over to a point where it’s out in the open for the world to see.
the last thing the Buffalo Bills needed was for Stefon Diggs to skip out on mandatory minicamp.
Diggs’ frustration with the team appears to be an extension of what we saw from him on the sidelines at the end of the 2022 season,
and for it to be unresolved going into 2023 can’t be good for the locker room.
There is, however, one key upside to Diggs’s absence early in the year for both the Bills and Josh Allen.
There’s always a silver lining to be found, but it’s just about changing your perspective.
For the Bills, the upside to Diggs’s absence is that Allen had time to build chemistry with his other weapons, which could be an advantage for Buffalo.
When planning for the Bills, Diggs isn’t easy to gameplan for per se, but he is an obvious piece of the offensive scheme for Buffalo.
He gets plenty of attention from opponents, and as such tends to be smothered in coverage.
So, having other weapons for Allen to rely on is important.
Trent Sherfield, who signed a one-year deal with the Bills this offseason, has been building chemistry with Allen all offseason in Diggs’s absence.